Poles of a Bar Magnet in Playing With Magnets – Class 6 Science Experiment

Chapter Name: Playing With Magnets

Activity Name: Poles of a Bar Magnet in Playing With Magnets

Activity Description:

The experiment aims to observe and understand the concept of poles in a bar magnet by using iron filings and a sheet of paper. By placing a bar magnet below the paper and spreading iron filings on top, we can observe the pattern formed by the iron filings and understand the behavior of the magnetic field.

Required Items:

  • Bar magnet
  • Iron filings
  • Sheet of paper

Step by Step Procedure:

  1. Spread the sheet of paper on a flat surface.
  2. Sprinkle the iron filings uniformly on the paper, ensuring an even distribution.
  3. Place the bar magnet underneath the sheet of paper, aligning it horizontally or vertically.
  4. Observe the pattern formed by the iron filings on the paper.

Experiment Observations:

  1. As the bar magnet is placed below the sheet of paper, the iron filings will start to align themselves in a specific pattern.
  2. The iron filings will concentrate at two points on the paper, forming distinct lines.
  3. Between the two concentrated points, some scattered iron filings may be observed.


  • Handle the bar magnet with care and avoid dropping it, as it can affect its magnetic properties.
  • Ensure the surface is clean and free from any debris before conducting the experiment.
  • Be cautious when handling iron filings to avoid any injuries or accidents.

Lesson Learnt from Experiment:

Through this experiment, we can conclude that every bar magnet has two ends known as poles. The ends of the magnet, called the North pole and South pole, have a greater attracting capacity compared to the middle part of the magnet.

This is evident from the observation that the iron filings concentrate at the poles of the magnet, forming distinct lines. The behavior of the iron filings indicates the presence of magnetic fields and demonstrates the concept of magnetic poles.

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